The best lycra workout shorts should be comfortable, that is the main reason one would wear this apparel. However there are many types of bike shorts, with varying uses.
A good pair of bike shorts should fit the body well, complement the overall style of the person. Generally mens and womans bike shorts can be unisex, however at the higher end of the price range, say for cycling gear, bike shorts are usually anatomically designed to assist with extra support and comfort. Mens bike shorts have a little more spaace in the crotch area and the waist is not as wide.
The main type of bike short or lycra shorts are used for:
– Marathon or Half Marathon
– Mixed Martial Arts
– Weight Lifting or Training
– Triathlon (bike shorts and top)
They are usually constructed from a certain weight of lycra. The most common bike shorts do not include padding.
Cycling shorts can have a padded or gel seat in them. For short trips, for example to the gym or under 3 kilometres, a padded insert is not really necessary, however, bicycke shorts with padded inserts are great for longer rides, a useful technique is to lift yourself off the seat and position your sit bones on the widest part of the seat to improve the circulation of your bottom.
They also usually include gel grippers on the legs, which stop the shorts from riding up and needing readjustment. Cycling bib shorts were also designed to keep your shorts in position.
and can include padding if you intend to go for long bike rides.
Lycra workout shorts, can be made of cotton or nylon or even hybrid fabrics called drifit, which offer excellent sweat management and muscle support.
My favourite bike shorts which I use for running, jogging and even sleeping in (because they are so comfortable), are the Brooks Infinity Short Tight.
The site describes the short as:
An excellent choice during transitional weather, this pocketed sprinter with a chafe-free inner gusset and anatomical seam lines offers comfort and support for better muscle control.
• Fit: Fitted
• 9″ inseam
• Moisture-wicking fabric
• Anatomical seam lines
• Moisture-proof invisible back pocket for key/I.D.
• 360° of 3M™ Scotchlite™ retroreflectivity
What are your favourite bike shorts?